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Chapter 5 of Science in the Snow (2nd edition)

Chapter 5 - The Environmental Years (1988-97)


During this decade the membership of SCAR suddenly increased. Much of this was linked to the enthusiasm of countries to become Consultative Treaty Parties so that they could take part in any minerals development. The quest for consultative status required proof of significant scientific research and how better to do this than through SCAR.


  • Yet more new members
  • The establishment of COMNAP and SCALOP  *1
  • Environmental initiatives  *2
  • Relations with the Antarctic Treaty
  • XX SCAR, Hobart, 1988
  • The new Executive Secretary
  • Meeting in Brazil in 1990 for XXI SCAR
  • The SCAR Antarctic Science Conference
  • The request from the United Nations (for an international station)
  • XXII SCAR, San Carlos de Bariloche, June 1992
  • XXIII SCAR, Rome, September 1994
  • XXIV SCAR, Cambridge, August 1996
  • Biological Sciences
  • Group of Specialists on Seals
  • Human Biology and Medicine
  • Geological Sciences
  • Group of Specialists on the Structure and Evolution of the Antarctic Lithosphere
  • Group of Specialists on the Evolution of Cenozoic Palaeoenvironments of the Southern High Latitudes (GOSC)
  • Physical Sciences
  • Geodesy and Cartography
  • Group of Specialists on Global Change and the Antarctic (GLOCHANT)

*1 SCALOP - Standing Committee on Antarctic Logistics and Operations
*2 includes the establishment of GOSEAC (Group of Specialists on Environmental Affairs and Conservation)